Family of teen shot, killed by Brevard deputy demands answers from state attorney

Office says it’s in final stages of review

Cynthia Byrd Green chants "No Justice, No Peace," with members of Justice Brevard
Cynthia Byrd Green chants "No Justice, No Peace," with members of Justice Brevard (Copyright 2021 by WKMG ClickOrlando - All rights reserved.)

MELBOURNE, Fla. – The family of one of two teens shot and killed by a Brevard County deputy is demanding answers from the state attorney’s office. About an hour after that news conference, the state attorney’s office released a statement saying the review is in its final stages.

Cynthia Byrd Green — the aunt of Sincere Pierce, who raised him as her own — spoke in Melbourne Tuesday with members of Justice Brevard, a community group that says it is “working to ensure transparency and equal justice for all in Brevard County.”

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“I want justice. I want transparency. I want everything that’s coming to my baby because he didn’t deserve this,” Green said.

Pierce, 18, and Angelo “AJ” Crooms, 16, were both shot and killed by Deputy Jafet Santiago-Miranda on Nov. 13, 2020 in a Cocoa neighborhood.

AJ Crooms, 16, left, and Sincere Pierce, 18, right. (WKMG 2020)

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In the days after the shooting, Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey said two deputies were attempting to conduct a traffic stop of what they believed to be a stolen car. After Crooms, who was driving, attempted to continue to drive, Santiago-Miranda opened fire, in fear he was going to be struck by the vehicle, according to the sheriff. The other deputy on scene did not fire their weapon.

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